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European Commission Tightens Security For Device Makers

 |  November 1, 2021

The European Commission (EC) adopted new rules to enhance the cybersecurity features of wireless devices sold in the European Union (EU) to counter a growing risk of threats related to privacy data access and monetary frauds.

Manufacturers of mobile phones, tablets and wearable devices will be among those affected from the amendment to the Radio Equipment Directive which is planned to come into force in two months’ time provided there are no hurdles from the bloc’s Council and Parliament, the EC explained in a statement.

Device makers will be required to improve network resilience by adding features to avoid “harming communication networks” and prevent situations where devices are used to disrupt service functionality.

New features to safeguard personal consumer data, especially protecting children’s rights will also be made compulsory. Those might include measures to fend off unauthorised data access or transmission.

The EC will also require wireless devices to come with features which minimise the risk of fraudulent payments, such as enhanced user authentication.

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